As June was pride month I decided to put together some of my favourite books featuring LGBTQ+ characters. I didn’t plan on posting this a day late however why should LGBTQ+ be celebrated one month a year, how about we celebrate it every month? It’s so important in the book world to highlight that it’s ok to not fit into the ‘normal’ stereotypes of society. Hopefully the more books put out into the world with diverse characters, the more people who don’t feel as alone and the more people who will learn to understand better and accept people for who they are.
Here are my LGBTQ+ recommendations.
Radio Silence was one of my favourite reads of 2016, and has become one of my all time favourite contemporaries. If you know me – you know I’m not a massive contemporary reader, but when I read the synopsis on Netgalley I decided to give it a chance. I’m so glad I did because I’d not read a book like Radio Silence in forever. The characters are incredibly diverse and there are several characters who fit into the LGBTQ+ community. This book includes bisexual, demisexual, gay and lesbian characters. It’s so important to represent everybody – no matter how they identify and this book did this brilliantly.
You can find my review for Radio Silence here.
One thing I feel is lacking in the fantasy and sci-fi genre is the representation of the LGBTQ+ community. Sometimes it feels like somehow because were in an alternate world or reality it doesn’t exist. Fortunately there are many books now that are starting to include this, and Half Bad is one of them. I loved how it showed Nathan’s struggle with his sexuality and how he didn’t accept it for a really long time.
If you’d like to check out my review of Half Bad here is the link.
This is another fantasy book featuring LGBTQ+ characters. The characters in question Alec and Magnus, have become one of my all time favourite ships. It takes Alec a long time to accept his sexuality and it’s beautiful to watch him go on that journey. I also read an article published by The Telegraph, where Cassandra Clare said we need more LGBTQ+ representation in YA fiction and I 100% agree. The article is here if you’d like to check it out. It’s definitely something I’m going to try harder to include in my own writing.
I’ll admit, this book wasn’t one I enjoyed overall, it wasn’t my cup of tea. However, I thought it handled the theme of sexuality very well which is why I’m including it in this list. One of the characters in the book – Charlie, who is the protagonist’s new friend, is openly gay. However as he is currently embroiled in a thing with the high school quarterback Brad, he is forced to keep his sexuality a secret. The quarterback is ashamed of his sexuality and doesn’t want anyone else to know. It handles Brad’s confusion and denial of his sexuality extremely well, and also shows how hard it can be in high school.
All the books above are YA fiction, but I wanted to also include this gem of a book. I am currently making my way through this and it is filled with a wealth of information on many different identities people identify as. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to find out more about the LGBTQ+ community, anyone who wants to understand and anyone who wants to figure out how they fit into the world. look
That’s it for my recommendations – I know there are so many books now that could have been included in this list. I’m trying to read more books including diverse characters and I know more and more are been released every month.
What are some of your recommendations for books including LGBTQ+ characters? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!